My thoughts on TFCD

The PAID/TF* relationship.

I am about to expound on this relationship. There are many photographers and models out there who have never paid for a shoot. And that is great! Do what works for you. But my belief in a TF* shoot is this, as the photographer, who has invested thousands of dollars into my craft, the first thing I will ask myself is, "how does this person improve my portfolio?" Which I think a model should also ask his or herself as well before shooting a TF*. But I feel, and I preach, that the TF* shoot is for the benefit of the Photographer and the Model is using "sweat equity" to work off the cost of a shoot. Therefore a photographer or model should never shortchange a shoot.

The paid relationship goes back to WHO is doing the paying. IF you pay me, then I work for YOU. It is my job to give you the best possible shoot that I can for your money. IF I pay you, then you work for ME. Which means that I should get the best possible shoot that you can give. Also, I hate to say this, but if you hire me, you expect me to be ready to shoot with all my equipment, likewise if you are hired, YOU should be ready to shoot at the agreed time.

Even though, during a TF*, no money is being exchanged, it can actually cost a photographer or model more than a paid shoot. Everything from reputation to location/transportation and opportunity costs from doing other shoots. One of the most TACKIEST things I think models and photographers do is to believe that a "paid" shoot takes priority over a TF*. If I have an open dated and decide to do a TF* on that date, that TF* now has priority over everything. If a paid shoot comes up for the same time, then I should contact the other principles and see if its possible to reschedule for another time or date, but ONLY if both can agree to it. I often travel and when I schedule a shoot, it might be JUST for that weekend and time. I think we do not take those aspects into consideration when we schedule. The paid shoots often do, but those who have not invested hard currency sometimes fail to understand because it comes so easy.

Models and Photographers, if someone approaches you for a TF shoot, take it as a compliment. But don't forget that there is no such thing as a free lunch, nor a free shoot!

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!